Dick and Pat Hazel Minority Scholarships - 47 ABC - Delmarva's Choice

Dick and Pat Hazel Minority Scholarships

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SALISBURY, Md. - In 1993, Dick and Pat Hazel, who owned Pepsi Bottling, donated money to start a scholarship.

"The money from the interest is given for scholarships for minorities, and part of it is, you have to come back and teach on the lower shore for every year you get part of a scholarship," says Vernon Rivers, Board President of the Delmarva Education Foundation.

For minority students in the second half of the 20th Century, social progress in education meant more opportunities. The Hazels wanted future teachers to have opportunities as well.

"After integration here, those teachers that were in segregated schools were phasing out now, so they were nervous about not having enough minority teachers. So Dick and Pat set up the scholarship to try to make sure that the money would be available to help kids who wanted to teach," says Vernon.

The scholarships are available to minority students who are graduating from high schools in Somerset, Worcester, and Wicomico counties.

In terms of the application, Vernon says students "have to apply by May 1st. This is administered by Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore, so they have applications. You can get one there, or you can get it from your guidance counselor."

They offer three to seven scholarships a year, each worth between $2,000 and $4,000.

Since the scholarship's inception in 1993 --  they've given out about $222,000, with over 100 recipients.

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